Bell Park

  • 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60634 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Crystal Loza
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5008

Located in the Montclare Community (on Oak Park Avenue, midway between Belmont & Diversey Avenues), Bell Park covers almost 4 acres and has a small fieldhouse. Outside, the park features two junior baseball fields, a volleyball court, two tennis courts, and a playground with a spray feature.

Recreation includes dodgeball, flag- or Frisbee-football, Foosball, gymnastics, kickball, seasonal sports, and soccer. Cultural programming includes Fun with Food, arts & crafts, jewelry-making, paper craft, and water color painting. Socialization skills / friendship-building includes Pre-Teen Club and Table Games.

Tot / preschoolers can enjoy a variety of fun, educational, and recreational programs—which includes the only summer play camp (for ages 4-5) in the Montclare area. From Fun & Games, Play Group, Preschool, and Storytime to Kids Fitness, seasonal sports, soccer, t-ball, and tumbling. The 3-yr.-old preschool is also offered with a 3-yr.-old playgroup. There is even a Mom & Tot arts & crafts class (for ages 18-36 months with their parent/caregiver).

The six-week summer camp is a big hit with youth (ages 6-12). The teen art camp designed a mural, which is on the east side of the fieldhouse, showing the different seasons at Bell Park.

History

Bell Park takes its name from Major General George Bell, Jr. (1859-1926), who led American troops in the Spanish American War and in the Philippine Insurrection of 1903. Bell also commanded the 33rd, or Prairie, Division of the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War I, and won the Distinguished Service medal for his efforts. Bell Park is among the thirteen parks created by the Northwest Park District. Established in 1911, the park district was one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Northwest Park District purchased land for the park in 1927 at the request of the Mont Clare Boosters Improvement Association, which hoped to raise land values in the surrounding neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, citizens petitioned for the installation of a fieldhouse. They had a long wait. Although the Northwest District built a playground, shelter house, and wading pool before 1930, a fieldhouse was not constructed until 1954, almost 25 years later.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Bell Diamond Baseball

Bell Diamond Baseball

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Bell Fieldhouse

Bell Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Hours: , ,

Bell Soccer Field Youth

Bell Soccer Field Youth

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Bell Clubrooms

Bell Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Bell Playground

Bell PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Spring 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Bell Tennis Courts

Bell Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Bell Volleyball

Bell Volleyball

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Bell Spray Pool

Bell Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3020 N. Oak Park Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 2017.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Bell 202243InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Bell 202244InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$10.00
Cartooning at Bell 224117InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Crafting at Bell 202662InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:30From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Drawing at Bell 224118InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 7:15pm
$7.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Bell 224115InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAnyCoed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$10.00
Fun and Games at Bell 202972InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$20.00
Homework Time at Bell 222000InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/18 20:15From September 18, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$5.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Bell 203199InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 14:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$52.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Bell 203198InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 14:30From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9:30am to Noon
$45.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Bell 203205Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 14:30From September 13, 2017 to June 6, 2018$156.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Bell 203204Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 14:30From September 12, 2017 to June 7, 2018$135.00
Play School at Bell 203724InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$20.00
Soccer at Bell 224119InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than Coed2017/09/07 21:30From September 7, 2017 to October 26, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Storytime & Crafts at Bell 221995InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 4Coed2017/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
Volleyball - Open at Bell 221994OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/09/08 20:30From September 8, 2017 to October 13, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Young Scientist at Bell 221997InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/10/27 20:30From October 27, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Winter at Bell 209883InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$52.00
Kiddie College - Winter at Bell 209882InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9:30am to Noon
$45.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Spring at Bell 215705InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/04/02 14:30From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Each Monday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$52.00
Kiddie College - Spring at Bell 215704InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/04/03 14:30From April 3, 2018 to June 7, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9:30am to Noon
$45.00

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Located in the Montclare Community (on Oak Park Avenue, midway between Belmont & Diversey Avenues), Bell Park covers almost 4 acres and has a small fieldhouse. Outside, the park features two junior baseball fields, a volleyball court, two tennis courts, and a playground with a spray feature.

Recreation includes dodgeball, flag- or Frisbee-football, Foosball, gymnastics, kickball, seasonal sports, and soccer. Cultural programming includes Fun with Food, arts & crafts, jewelry-making, paper craft, and water color painting. Socialization skills / friendship-building includes Pre-Teen Club and Table Games.

Tot / preschoolers can enjoy a variety of fun, educational, and recreational programs—which includes the only summer play camp (for ages 4-5) in the Montclare area. From Fun & Games, Play Group, Preschool, and Storytime to Kids Fitness, seasonal sports, soccer, t-ball, and tumbling. The 3-yr.-old preschool is also offered with a 3-yr.-old playgroup. There is even a Mom & Tot arts & crafts class (for ages 18-36 months with their parent/caregiver).

The six-week summer camp is a big hit with youth (ages 6-12). The teen art camp designed a mural, which is on the east side of the fieldhouse, showing the different seasons at Bell Park.

Bell Park takes its name from Major General George Bell, Jr. (1859-1926), who led American troops in the Spanish American War and in the Philippine Insurrection of 1903. Bell also commanded the 33rd, or Prairie, Division of the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War I, and won the Distinguished Service medal for his efforts. Bell Park is among the thirteen parks created by the Northwest Park District. Established in 1911, the park district was one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Northwest Park District purchased land for the park in 1927 at the request of the Mont Clare Boosters Improvement Association, which hoped to raise land values in the surrounding neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, citizens petitioned for the installation of a fieldhouse. They had a long wait. Although the Northwest District built a playground, shelter house, and wading pool before 1930, a fieldhouse was not constructed until 1954, almost 25 years later.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.